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  1. Bring it on! If a finger up the a$$ gets me into a helicopter, I'd pay for the privilege. Now, I'm an RN and have stuck my finger up my fair share of a$$ holes so, maybe I have a different perspective on this kind of stuff...always good to know both sides. I just hope the docs take off their college class rings first...
  2. If we get to fifty we all have to go in for prostate exams. cancer risk increases with old age...
  3. Weeeell, of course that goes without saying. there's boredom in every area. And I'm sure flying jets is a great time. Personally, though I used to have a thing for the A10 (raised in civ air patrol and had alot of exposure to the jets, grew up on shepherd afb and had many a tour through the cockpits of f16s trust me, I'd have given my left nut to get a fighter slot) my first flight in an R22 made me a believer. Helicopters are amazing machines.
  4. Dude....just....no. No. becoming a "fighter pilot" (ie high, fast, LOOOOONG and boring). come on. how many dogfights does ANYONE do these days? and against who? Nobody with a real military fights us in the air. most of the fixed wing segment is UAV or CAP. We have air superiority hands down ALL day, every day. Fighters have become nothing more than America's version of the iron dome. I'm not knocking their mission. I'm saying that rotor pilots have a HELL of alot more fun (I've never done it but, I can't imagine otherwise plus I've heard from a couple of AF flyers that that is the case). That aside, every airframe has its pros and cons. Some guys like to do close air support. Some guys like to pick up and drop off. Some guys like to do heavy lifting. Some guys like to scout. The military will ultimately decide what everyone does anyway. You gotta stop looking at it like "one pilot is better than another just cause of his airframe." Personally, if I EVER get to submit my packet (I stopped holding my breath when I blacked out a couple months ago....sigh), I'd opt for the 60. I just like the mission of that airframe. Big picture, landing in a hot zone and doing air med transport or whatever is GREAT experience for the civ market (I'm not counting on a retirement package). But honestly, I'd take anything because I love flying rotorcraft more than anything else I've had the privilege to fly in. I sure as hell wouldn't want to fly the air taxi on the civ side that is fo sho. That's just my ignorant take on something I know nothing about but, I do know that alot of those "awesome high speed better than everyone else" fighter pilots are driving a computer joystick in a trailer controlling UAVs (and yes, they are pissed about it). So before you start up the "the army is easier so I picked it" BS, think about what you are planning to actually do. You aren't signing up for street cred nor are you ever going to get props for being part of the "club." You have to excel in whatever you get into. And whatever that is, you better pick something you would do for free. If you would fly helis for free, if it is worth that much to you, apply for WOFT. Trust me, from someone who has had more jobs that I hated than I care to admit, but did them because they paid the bills, money and prestige are absolutely irrelevant once you have to care about what you are doing. The most important thing is to do something you love. If you don't absolutely love helicopters, don't apply. If you really want to fly fixed wing, DO NOT APPLY. get your 4 year degree and apply to the AF ROTC. You will regret doing something you didn't actually want to do 10 years down the road. Think about it.
  5. Hello there. Thanks for the good words. My packet might be complicated by my prior service. Its all in personnel records hands now. If only I had a dd214.... DARN YOU ROTC AND YOUR CRAZY WEIRDNESS!! In all honesty, you (and I) as civilians are probably in a better position (relatively of course). Since you aren't committed to the military yet, have no complicating military records, you don't need permission from anyone, don't have to get releases from anyone, you aren't competing with any military members, etc, its a bit of a benefit to start with the civilian WOFT program from what I gather. Of course this assumes your credentials are competitive like any other applicant. However, having few complications is a big benefit. As for the LORs, yep, I've contacted about 6 different WOs and not one of em were willing to go for an interview. I've always let them know I'm willing to travel anywhere but, well, I can't exactly call the sheriff to detain them ya know...although, I haven't really looked into the feasibility of that....hmmmm..... . Tell ya what, I'm really wondering if the LORs make much of a real difference anyway. Honestly, I really feel its a numbers game (nobody really knows unless one is a board member of course). If they need people, you will get in even with your pt score of 200, GED, club foot, missing front incisor, and severe southern drawl. If they don't need people (ie all slots for that class are filled), you won't get a slot regardless of your PhD, your 5 trips into space, your 50 patents for a new world changing pesticide inhaler, or your adorable little puppy dog video on youtube. I am becoming cynical at this point in all honesty. This whole process takes so long, I'm just like, well, whatever, I guess I'll get there someday.... When I had my little "do you really know what you are trying to accomplish here" interview with the commander, she laughed at me when I asked if 2 years was enough time to get the process done since I'm 33 in 2 years "pfft! of course this will get done before then!" she said. HA!! I suggested to my recruiter that they add patience as the 8th Army value. They said they'd look into it. Anyway, good luck to ya. PS: I totally get what you meant by the "limited" comment. I mean, we are "outsiders" as it were so, without an established network, it IS a limiting factor to establishing contact with a WO. Of course, it is always possible to start networking but hey, lets get real ya know? cheers.
  6. So true. alot of this is out of our little soft civilian hands. Gotta hand it to whoever setup this program. they certainly didn't make it simple to apply.
  7. Congratulations fellas. Hope things continue to go well.
  8. Hey if you live next door you could trade running shoes. I hear he has some really good ones...
  9. Reading this, I couldn't help but say, I can't WAIT to get MY ass kicked by Drill Sgts et al. I get the feeling that, should I get in, it will be the best "bad" experience ever! Sigh.....
  10. USMC, I found that the first section and "shapes" section are weighted less than the knowledge based stuff. I had a terrible first section and ended up with a 75. Like everyone is saying, 62 should be enough to not count against you. 50 and above makes you eligible anyway....I wouldn't worry. I bet its a pass/fail kind of thing anyway... For anyone looking for advices, I'd suggest not thinking through the first section (you might as well just start clicking randomly....just kidding but seriously, you blink and the timer says 00:00) and a systematic method to analyze the hidden figures is useful. you have 1.2 seconds per item to do the first section and then 6 seconds per hidden figure (assuming you are able to complete the entire set). Just knock em out and don't worry bout it. Study the Helicopter flight handbook (FAA-H-8083-21A) general sections, know your miltary helicopter types, and use the SIFT study guide book to help with the other sections (its pretty good but, unless you have a mathematics background of at LEAST college level algebra, you will likely have some difficulty. its hard to develop math skill from a single study guide). Plus if you know some physics and engineering basics, the mechanical section are easier. The SIFT TestSubtest# of itemsTime 1. Simple Drawings (SD)100: 2 minutes 2. Hidden Figures (HF)50: 5 minutes 3. Army Aviation Information Test (AAIT)40: 30 minutes 4. Spatial Apperception Test (SAT)25: 10 minutes 5. Reading Comprehension Test (RCT)20: 30 minutes 6. Math Skills Test (MST)varies: 40 minutes 7. Mechanical Comprehension Test (MCT)varies:15 minutes As you can see, time management is critical.
  11. Product of the culture, political climate, and media/social media. Social conditioning through constant whining. We are currently passed the event horizon and getting crushed as we approach G = infinity + 1.
  12. holey crappoly! At 00:30, was that snot coming out of the right nostril? that was fun. snotty nosed kids these days...
  13. I think I get you. PC culture has becoming a blight on society. People just aren't allowed to say anything organic anymore; it always must pass through the "be-nice-act-nice" filter. Its as if the world has gone from "You don't like it? Get a spine" to "You don't like it? I'm so sorry you are offended and I must do something to myself to make myself more appealing to your little easily offended child mind." Eventually everything finds a weak, easily offended, pathetic normal. Its like that standard fake smile everyone wears in the business world. They couldn't give one rat's backside (see what I did there? I DIDN'T say "crap" but "rat's backside!" I was moderating myself to sound more acceptable! It is a kinder more gentler world out there....please kill me now! I need another shot of bleach....) about you but they act like it. I can understand it at work with customers (I guess) since customer service reflects the company and the company wants to appeal to customers. But we as a culture (not only at work) are required, through classical conditioning, to say, think, and reflect the weakest minds in the culture. Its so sick to me. We SHOULD be cultivating a strong culture of powerful people. Not catering to the lowest common denominator. Just one man's opinion. Anyway, I can only HOPE that the Army isn't as bad as the civilian side. I'm not naive to think there are no necessary "suck up" scenarios and office politics, but the civilian side is just ridiculous. Don't mean to drone on here. Just venting the last 10 years of crap (yep, I said crap and I'm very very sorry...bottoms up). Cheers.
  14. As I'm reading this, i'm thinking "what exactly are the minimums?" I just realized I've never even looked at what the minimum scores are. Funny...
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